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After the quake in Pico Rivera, everything's OK at OK Donuts

At OK Donuts in Pico Rivera, Leang Muy and his sister Lisa Parng were cleaning the kitchen when they suddenly felt the ground shake.

"I stood still," said Muy, 27. "I heard my sister say, 'Earthquake!' and she too didn't move."

Muy said the shop was not damaged in the magnitude 4.4 quake that struck the region early Tuesday morning. Almost an hour later, customers were walking in for their usual coffee and doughnuts. Some stood around watching news coverage of the quake, which was centered in Pico Rivera.

At Walt's Liquor in Pico Rivera, Letti Talamantes stood behind her counter Tuesday morning, tending to customers. She said she did not bother rushing to the store after the quake struck.

"Nothing fell at the house, so I assumed nothing fell [in the store], and if something did, I figured it was very minor," she said.

Talamantes said the quake felt like a "strong bang."

With the recent massive quakes in Chile and Haiti, Talamantes said she could not help but wonder: "What's coming next?"

Talamantes, who has lived in Pico Rivera for 47 years, said she thought back to the magnitude 5.9 quake centered in nearby Whittier Narrows that killed eight people in 1987. She was at the store that day when all the whiskey and vodka bottles were knocked over.

"I even saw the building actually move," Talamantes said, adding that when she made it out she saw rolling waves of concrete. The quake caused $30,000 in damage to her store. But on Tuesday, not even one item in her store broke, and she said she's grateful for that.

-- Ruben Vives in Pico Rivera

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Oh thank goodness the donuts are OK! I'd hate to think that my donut might have a crack in it because of an earthquake!

Edit: last sentence should say Tuesday. The quake struck on Tuesday.

There is a logical reason why a donut shop was selected for comments. It was one of only few businesses open to the public at that hour. The reporter did not have a lot choices to find people who could comment.

On the other hand, if a donut were to appear to have a crack in it from an earthquake, a short video would have to be make to put on U-Tube and then it would be auctioned off on eBay after television outlets publicized it. Then you may not be able to get a parking space at the donut shop.

Good to know the local Precinct is OK.

What's with the photo of the guy with the trash bag? Was that the best photo of Pico Rivera that the L.A. Times had? Looks like all you guys are doing over there is trying to portray Pico Rivera in the worst light possible? Other than that the photo had no relevance to the quake at all!


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